Focus on Three Rivers for District Day
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, spent the day in and around Three Rivers District on Friday (11th September) finding out about key policing issues of the district.
The Commissioner was in Rickmansworth, Abbots Langley and South Oxhey for his latest ‘district day’ – a regular event where he focuses on the crime and community safety-related issues affecting each of the county’s 10 districts and boroughs.
Commissioner Lloyd said: “I am always keen to see in person the work of the agencies, partners, and volunteers who are keeping the county such a safe place to live. Three Rivers has very diverse communities but are rising to the challenge with a range of services, schemes and projects that support their residents and businesses.
“I saw the direct benefits of funding I have provided from the Commissioner’s Community Fund and Community Safety grant, and met enthusiastic and dedicated people who are really making a difference.”
The Commissioner’s day began at Rickmansworth Police Station with a briefing from the district’s police Chief Inspector Deirdre Dent on the current crime and community safety issues in the area. Although the district has very low crime levels, residents still have some concerns about burglary. In addition, the police themselves want to ensure they are fully supporting victims of domestic abuse.  He talked to two domestic abuse workers about the subject - a pernicious but sometimes hidden crime that the Commissioner is determined to address, overseeing a multi-agency action plan to increase support for victims and deal with offenders.
Later he met with the Leader of Three Rivers District Council Cllr Ann Shaw and Community Safety lead Cllr Roger Seabourne. They discussed the success of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour across the district. One of the projects the CSP has supported is the Herts Practical Parenting Programme that seeks to break the cycle of offending which has also help to reduce anti-social behaviour.
He then addressed an Older People’s Active Learning (OPAL) event with Neighbourhood Sergeant Neil Canning at Manor House in Abbots Langley where residents aged over 60 are brought together by the CSP to help keep them safe  This regular event is supported and attended by the council, Thrive Homes, police, Neighbourhood Watch, Herts Fire and Rescue Service, Age UK, Trading Standards, Five Way Friends and Herts Independent Living Service, as well as a nutritionist.
Later he visited Ascend which is a recent recipient of his Commissioner’s Community Fund (CCF) – the group was awarded £14,490 to provide weekly sessions for people affected by crime. On the day of the visit the session was about avoiding scams and rogue trading.
Ascend was set up in 1996 within South Oxhey, to counteract the problems faced on the estate of unemployment, social deprivation, mental and physical health issues and learning disabilities.   Their services are open to anyone living within the area of South Oxhey, Watford and Three Rivers district – working with clients who are unemployed or have learning disabilities to help build confidence and skills development.
His last stop of the day was to South Oxhey Jets football club in Altham Way. Over the summer, 33 young people from the district helped with a clean up as part of a National Citizen Service scheme, organised by Youth Connexions, and met Warren Gladdy, a teacher and footballer who is running an academy at the club with a sports course for young people with complex issues.